Senior Technical Staff (IBM)
Susan Malaika is Senior Technical Staff in IBM’s Digital Business Group and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology Leadership Team. Susan is responsible for data related technologies in IBM’s Open Tech group: increasing IBM’s adoption and contribution to open source as well as engagement with developers. Currently she is focused on Data Governance (via the ODPi consortium) and AI ecosystems. Susan was a founder of the JanusGraph project at the Linux Foundation, and she leads workshops, hackathons, and meetups and engages with universities particularly in the MENA region. Susan also leads a tech community of a few hundred members in the New York area. For more information about Susan please see https://developer.ibm.com/opentech/category/susan-malaika/
Gender inclusiveness in open source projects is receiving a lot of attention these days, but it overlooks a potentially critical factor- the software that open source developers use. This talk explores how the OSS tools and infrastructure might be adding to newcomer barriers and be implicated in gender bias. Because different facets of individual differences tend to cluster by gender, an inspection method called GenderMag (Gender-Inclusiveness Magnifier - created by Distinguished Professor Margaret Burnett http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~burnett/ at Oregon State University) that helps practitioners to find and fix gender inclusiveness issues in their own software will be introduced. The results of field studies of open source technology inhibitors conducted by Professors Anita Sarma and Margaret Burnett http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/people/sarma-anita at Oregon State University will be included in the session
Unexpectedly the Middle East and North Africa have larger percentages of women taking degrees in computer science than in the US or Western Europe. This session describes experiences of running workshops and hackathons in the region, both single gender and mixed, together. Methods that generate better outcomes when conducting technology events and projects in the region are included, together with a set guidelines. The role of open source software in the region will also be covered.